25th November 2014
Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks
Each week for Mason & Guests I compile and broadcast a brief summary of cricket events outside the Caribbean, with a few “Did You Know, Andrew?” facts thrown in. Here’s this week’s round-up:
“Aus bt SA 4-1 in their ODI series, & that’s taken them back to no. 1 in the ICC ODI rankings. Aus are now about to face India in a 4-Test series. India are currently without their injured capt, MS Dhoni & Aus’s skipper, Michael Clarke is also likely to be unfit to play. Also ruled out of the 1st Test is Philip Hughes, who was hit horrifyingly by a bouncer today playing for S Aus v NSW. He collapsed after being struck on the head, & is reportedly in a critical condition in hospital, having been in a coma following surgery. Our thoughts & prayers go out to him.
“The 3rd Test between Pak & NZ begin’s tomorrow. Pak won the 1st Test & the 2nd was drawn. Pak went up to 3rd in the ICC Test rankings when they recently thrashed Aus in both Tests in the UAE.
“Elsewhere, SL & Eng begin a 7-match ODI series tomorrow in Colombo, & the 3rd ODI in the 5-match series between Bang & Zim also gets underway in the morning. Bang are 2-0 up; & they also won both Tests v Zim prior to the 1-day series.”
A Few Birthdays & Anniversaries:
“Today is the anniversary of the 1909 birth in St Lucy of Manny Martindale, who played 10 Tests between 1933-39, & took 37 wkts at only 21.72. At only 5ft 8, Martindale was relatively short for a fast bowler, but bowling alongside Learie Constantine the duo were perhaps WI’s 1st great fast bowling pair. Manny died in St Peters in 1972, but is still fondly remembered; & his grand-daughter is the delightful Dr Claudia Martindale – who I’d like to thank for being my wife & I’s excellent GP while we’ve been here in Barbados.
“Tomorrow is the 47th birthday of Antigua’s Ridley Jacobs. He played 65 Tests between 1998-2004, scoring over 2,500 Test runs at 28 with 3 centuries, & taking 219 dismissals – a figure only exceeded for the WI by Jeffrey Dujon with 270. Ridley is currently the Head Coach of the Leeward Islands, who’ve lost their opening 2 games in this season’s 4-day Regional Tournament.
“Thur will be the 79th birthday of Charran Singh, who played 2 Tests for WI v Eng in 1960, taking 5 wkts with his SLA at 33. But, Did You Know, Andrew that he played only 9 other games in his entire 1st-class career?
“Fri will be the 27th birthday of Andre Fletcher. He’s played 15 ODIs & 21 T20 intls since 2008, & has kept wk for WI on several occasions, but he’s avging below 20 with the bat in both formats. And, Did You Know, Andrew that Fletcher was the 4th WI intl cricketer to be born in Grenada?
“Next Mon, Dec 1 will be the anniversary of the 1893 birth of Herman Griffith, who was born in Trinidad, but who played for Barbados, Empire & in 13 Tests for the WI between 1928-33. Before Manny Martindale, he was Learie Constantine’s fast bowling partner, & Griffith took 44 wkts in 13 Tests at 28. CLR James was a great admirer of Griffith, and he wrote of him that he ‘had his field set & he bowled to it. He was as strong as a horse, he always bowled well within himself, & he would wait on the batsman to give him an opening.’ In March 1931, Griffith clean bowled the legendary Don Bradman for a duck as he took WI to victory in the Sydney Test Match. Today, the name Herman Griffith stands proud in Barbados society, with sports & institutions bearing that name – and, Did You Know, Andrew that in 1988 Herman Griffith was celebrated on the Barbados 50c stamp? He died, in 1980, aged 86.
“And finally, I’d like to draw attention to a couple of anniversaries that’ve been commemorated elsewhere. On Dr Roland Toppin’s site, Topp! Cricket he marks the 40th anniversary of the Test debuts of Sir Vivian Richards & Gordon Greenidge, & the beginning of Clive Lloyd’s Test captaincy; while in this week’s Line & Length show, Barry Wilkinson & Andrew Sealey recalled the passing 15 yrs ago of the great Malcolm Marshall. They celebrated his genius in the company of Sir Garfield Sobers & the King of Stats, Mike King. If you didn’t catch the show on TV, you can find it on YouTube.”
This week’s question: Both Ridley Jacobs & Jeffrey Dujon took over 200 Test dismissals for WI. Who are the other 3 WKs who’ve taken over a 100 Test dismissals for the WI?
The answer to this week’s quiz question: DL Murray (189), D Ramdin (184) & JR Murray (101).
The Mason & Guests show is broadcast live every Tuesday from 6.15-8pm ECT (10.15pm-midnight GMT) on Voice of Barbados 92.9fm, and can be heard by clicking on ‘LISTEN LIVE’ on the website page via the link provided, or via numerous internet tune-in services.
David Oram is the resident ‘statto’, and sometime presenter of ‘Mason & Guests’ – Voice of Barbados’ weekly cricket talk show, the leading cricket radio show in the West Indies – hosted by the Caribbean’s principal radio commentator, Andrew Mason. You can tweet me at DavidOram@colblimp1983.